MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) announced Thursday that it is temporarily closing its central and regional offices in the National Capital Region from January 14-17, amid rising cases of COVID-19 .

In a memorandum, Minister of Labor Silvestre Bello III instructed all heads of offices, services and offices, including the NCR regional office, to resume work on January 18, referring to “the increasing number of cases in of the department “.

According to Bello, the number of infected officers and employees rose to 128 or about 21 percent of the approximately 600 employees at DOLE headquarters by Thursday.

This announcement also came after Bello had previously all DOLE Had instructed offices and affiliated agencies to implement alternative work arrangements, including working from home, for their staff.

“The skeletal workforce should be limited to those who perform essential services “Bello said in an administrative order issued on Tuesday, which will come into effect by January 30th.

However, the staff in the offices of the secretary, state secretaries and deputy secretaries as well as in the office of the directors are still there Not included in the flexible working arrangements.

The country is currently in the midst of an exponential rise in COVID-19 infections, with the Ministry of Health previously reporting 34,021 new cases of the new coronavirus, the highest since the pandemic began in 2020 .

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For more information on COVID-19 call the DOH hotline: (02) 86517800 local 1149/1150.

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